Lockheed Martin is proud to announce it has successfully
tested a new
centralized controller device for unmanned vehicles. The successful tests
enable the military to further expand the deployment of unmanned vehicles with less
input from personnel.
With Lockheed Martin's system, an operator is able to
control as many as four different unmanned vehicles from a single laptop touch
screen and hand controller.
"This is a very important step in risk reduction for
the Army’s Future Combat System Centralized Controller Device," said Gene
Holleque of Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control division. "This test proves Lockheed Martin and
its industry partners are resolving the issues involved with controlling
several disparate unmanned systems from a single centralized controller. It also gives us an opportunity to experiment
with human factors early in the process to ensure we can deliver an effective
and soldier-friendly controller to the warfighter."
A number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned
ground vehicles (UGVs) were featured in Lockheed Martin's tests. The vehicles
included the Lockheed Martin Silver Fox, Roll Based Operations Architecture
robot and the Lockheed Martin UGV demonstrator. Also used were UHF, L-band and
wireless broadband radio links used in conjunction with the Combat Maneuver
Mission Route Planner (CMMRP) to control the unmanned vehicles.
Unmanned vehicles appear to be the wave of the future
when it comes to the United States military. The government is pumping millions
of dollars into research and every penny is worth if it means that human
pilots/operators aren't put into harm’s way.